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June 19th, 2014

Coming to fruition: Girls' basketball to feature open tournament

June 19, 2014

PROVIDENCE – After several years of watching Rhode Island high school boys’ basketball crown one undisputed state champion and do so with mostly positive reviews, the girls’ hoops community is officially prepared to follow suit.

June 18th

Wind-swept Wannamoisett gets the better of Northeast Amateur field on Day 1

June 18, 2014

Sports editor emeritus
EAST PROVIDENCE — Using a steady wind as its most effective punch, Wannamoisett Country Club more than held its own on Wednesday in the first round of the 53rd Northeast Amateur Invitational.

Only five of the 87 contestants broke par with medalist honors going to LSU junior Stewart Jolly, who teed off last and came home first, birdieing his final two holes for a two-under par round of 67.

Four players tied for second with 68s – UNLV’s Kurt Kitayama, Purdue’s Adam Schenk, Mississippi’s Blake Morris and Mercer University grad Hans Reimers.

June 17th

PawSox excited to be a part of Jeffrey Osborne Celebrity All-Star Softball Classic

June 17, 2014

PAWTUCKET – It’s not unusual for the Pawtucket Red Sox organization to schedule a summertime event at McCoy Stadium while the primary tenants are off waging International League wars at another team’s ballpark. Through the years, McCoy has opened its doors to headline performers such as Bob Dylan and the Dropkick Murphys to welcoming Team USA Baseball.

Celebrity softball game set for Aug. 10 at McCoy Stadium

June 17, 2014

PAWTUCKET – The Rhode Island high-school baseball championships aren’t the only item of note to come out of McCoy Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.

The Pawtucket Red Sox are pleased to announce that they will host The Jeffrey Osborne Celebrity All-Star Softball Classic, featuring Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, at McCoy Stadium on Sunday, August 10 at 6:05 p.m. Gates will open at 4:30 p.m and the game, between the Magic Johnson/Jeffrey Osborne All-Stars and the New England Patriots Alumni Celebrity All-Stars, will be played at 6:05 pm.

June 16th

McGair: Cumberland's Dante Baldelli out to create his own McCoy Stadium magic

June 16, 2014

PAWTUCKET — Walking into McCoy Stadium didn’t seem quite as daunting to Dante Baldelli. Never mind that he’s a precocious 16-year-old who on the surface has some big shoes to fill following in a certain big brother’s footsteps.

Call it a case of what happens when baseball and family serve as parallel threads.

June 15th

Punchless PawSox fall to Charlotte 2-1 despite pitching performances

June 15, 2014

PAWTUCKET – Despite an early lead and a dominating five-inning performance from Felix Doubront (see related story), the PawSox couldn’t close out Charlotte on Father’s Day.

Left-hander Drake Britton came on in the ninth with Pawtucket guarding a 1-0 lead they had held since their first turn at bat. Britton got the Knights’ Matt Davidson to foul out to first to start the inning, but yielded a ground single to left to Matt Tuiasosopo. The Sox then caught a break as Tyler Saladino botched a sacrifice bunt attempt and fouled out to catcher Christian Vazquez.

June 14th

PawSox’ Boles, Shaw express gratitude for having pro baseball-experienced dads show them the way

June 14, 2014

PAWTUCKET – Professional baseball was a way of life for Kevin Boles and Travis Shaw long before they reached their respective posts with the Pawtucket Red Sox.

Both have their fathers to thank for lighting the way, giving them a model for understanding the game’s finer points. There’s no substitute for having a dad who understands the baseball culture because he’s lived and experienced it.

June 13th

Buchholz eager to test out adjustments in rehab start

June 13, 2014

 

PAWTUCKET – At least Clay Buchholz’ trip to McCoy Stadium was not a complete washout – no pun intended, considering the deluge that blanketed the area all day Friday.

June 11th

Shakeup at the top: Saunders is no longer AD at SRA

June 11, 2014

PAWTUCKET — In rather brisk fashion, the winds of change have swept through the top tier of the athletic department at St. Raphael Academy.

June 10th

Doubront's 'okay' in rehab start with PawSox

June 10, 2014

PAWTUCKET — To say that Felix Doubront was merely okay in his rehab outing for the PawSox on Tuesday would be a fair and accurate assessment.
There were times when the lefthander appeared in control, mainly when he utilized his changeup and curveball. His velocity, however, suggested a pitcher who was content with the idea of keeping things under wraps – at least for now.
It all added up to a 4.2-inning stint where he was charged with two runs on six hits – all of which were struck with authority – as Pawtucket rallied to knock off Louisville in 10 innings, 4-3.

June 9th

Doubront's ready for today's rehab start with PawSox

June 9, 2014

PAWTUCKET — Even though he has one more rehab start lined up, Felix Doubront didn’t beat around the bush when asked about the significance of Tuesday’s mound assignment for the PawSox.

June 8th

Hernandez flirts with no-hit bid in PawSox's victory over Bats

June 8, 2014

PAWTUCKET — It took one of the top hitters in the National League to ruin what would have been one of the most memorable afternoons of Pawtucket Red Sox southpaw Chris Hernandez’s career.
Hernandez carried a no-hit bid into the seventh inning of Sunday afternoon’s contest against the Louisville Bats, only to watch rehabbing Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto break it up with a leadoff single.

PawSox don’t want young newcomer Betts to suffer from information overload

June 8, 2014

PAWTUCKET — With a look of determination on his face, Mookie Betts tried to make sense of the scouting report devoted to the Louisville starting pitcher the PawSox faced on Sunday afternoon.

Mind you Pawtucket did not face your garden-variety Triple-A hurler, hence why the information provided to the club’s hitters was a bit more elaborate. In Chien-Ming Wang, we’re talking about a 34-year-old right-hander who once posted back-to-back 19-win seasons for the New York Yankees and has eight years of big-league service time on his résumé.

Gingras' fourth-round KO of Velazquez brings him New England light heavyweight championship

June 8, 2014

LINCOLN — Rich Gingras remembers all too well the first time he sported a New England championship belt around his waist.
It lasted all of two minutes.
Last summer, after a marquee matchup with Providence’s Vladine Biosse for Biosse’s super middleweight title at Twin River went to the judges’ cards, it was announced that Gingras had won the championship, winning by a slim margin on two of the three cards.

June 6th

Saints find bats, Sylvestre 5-for-5 in 22-6 domination of Prout

June 6, 2014

PAWTUCKET – St. Raphael Academy found its missing offensive attack on Friday during a 22-6 rout of The Prout School that sent the Saints into the Division II losers’ bracket semifinals on Sunday afternoon.

SRA, which had scored just seven runs in its first three tournament games, netted 13 runs on 11 hits in the first inning alone on Friday.

June 4th

Twice as nice: Tolman wraps up magical 21-0 season by repeating as Division II state volleyball champions

June 4, 2014

Sports editor emeritus
PROVIDENCE — Tolman High’s emerging volleyball dynasty showed off its teamwork on Wednesday night during a convincing 3-0 victory over East Greenwich in the Division II championship finals.
“We got contributions from everyone,” head coach Neil Nachbar said after the Tigers answered every challenge from the Avengers while prevailing by scores of 25-22, 25-19 and 25-19. “Our team is not carried by one or two players. We spread the ball out on offense and on defense everyone chips in.”

Gingras' New England light heavyweight title fight vs. Velazquez on Friday at Twin River tops to-do list

June 4, 2014

PAWTUCKET — Rich Gingras has a lot on his plate these days.
In addition to his everyday duties as the owner and head trainer of his Fight 2 Fitness gym on Blackstone Avenue, the Lincoln resident is hard at work packing on muscle for a fitness competition later this month in Medford, Mass., as well as handling a new project at his gym that offers workouts for people with Parkinson’s Disease.
Oh yeah, he’s also fighting for the New England light heavyweight championship on Friday night at the Twin River Event Center.

East Greenwich sends SRA softball team to Div. II losers' bracket with 3-0 victory

June 4, 2014

PROVIDENCE — Even standout pitchers like St. Raphael junior Kaylee Sylvestre are entitled to a bad inning every now and again.
That’s what head coach Ron LaBree chalked it up to after watching Sylvestre get called for back-to-back illegal pitches in the third inning of Wednesday’s Division II winners’ bracket contest against East Greenwich. The two mistakes enabled the Avengers to score runs in a game that saw them go on to win by a 3-0 count at Rhode Island College.

Cumberland softball team drops Div. I winners' bracket semifinal to undefeated North Kingstown

June 4, 2014

PROVIDENCE — Cumberland’s return to Rhode Island College for the first time since the Clippers won the 2011 state championship was spoiled by the team that handed them their worst defeat of the season.
Undefeated North Kingstown snapped a scoreless tie with two unearned runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and a three-run uprising in the fifth before winding up with a 6-2 win on Tuesday night in a Division I winners’ bracket semifinal.

June 3rd

This Mookie is sure to be a hit: Top-prospect Betts joins PawSox

June 3, 2014

PAWTUCKET – It used to be that any mention of the first name “Mookie” would send a collective shiver down the backs of Red Sox fans. Mention this particular Mookie, however, and you’re bound to receive a completely different reaction, one that doesn’t center on key words or phrases such as “groundball,” “through the legs” or “Buckner.”

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